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The Technical Workshop plays a significant role in supporting work in the Marine Coastal Science & Survey, Pacific Sea Level Monitoring, Geology Minerals & Hydrocarbons and Regional Maritime Boundaries sectors as well as SOPAC's Water and Sanitation and Disaster Risk Reduction programmes. The Technical Workshop is indispensable to project implementation success, particularly where  substantive mobilisation and deployment tasks are concerned (e.g. geophysical, bathymetric, topographic surveys etc.).

The Technical Workshop also has a direct role in the procurement, servicing, modification, repair, calibration and cataloguing of oceanographic, geodetic, climate and geological equipment and instruments held by the SOPAC Division. It deploys, mobilises and demobilises millions of dollars’ worth of equipment safely and successfully every year.

The Technical Workshop facility received a welcome boost to resources in 2012 via the NZ Government’s Ocean Sciences grant. Among its many tasks, the Technical Workshop oversees OHS issues and is instrumental in the upkeep of safety equipment and routine safety training for all field staff.

Joining the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia in the delivery of ONUP (Observational Network Upgrade Project), staff also assessed and corrected OHS issues at each Sea Level Monitoring project station and OIP science staff joined with the Technical Workshop to undertake training in small boat safety and handling (March 2012), as well as in Advanced First Aid and Resuscitation (April 2012).

The Workshop has also supported important geodetic work and a new Technical Officer in the MCSS Sector was given SCUBA training under the Workshop-managed Taiwan ROC Grant for safety training and equipment improvements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:25  


4 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Apia, Samoa - Small island developing states of the Pacific face a set of difficult and complex challenges in securing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for their citizens – challenges not easily addressed by single communities, organisations or sectors working in isolation. To make progress in the area of safe water and sanitation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is convinced that a multi-sector, partnership approach is the key, and SPC is promoting the use of partnerships to tackle the region’s most difficult water and sanitation challenges head on.

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, SPC’s Director-General, feels that effective partnerships are the way forward in harnessing the energy and expertise needed to overcome the challenges of securing safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation facilities. ‘At SPC we already work closely with our member countries and territories to help bring the various sectors together and demonstrate the benefits of sustainable water and sanitation solutions,’ Dr Tukuitonga said. ‘What we’re now seeing in the region is increasing collaboration between sectors, stakeholder groups, and also between Pacific Island countries and territories.’

Dr Tukuitonga was speaking in Apia at the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States, or SIDS, which is bringing together partners from across the globe to focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.